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Why I don’t want a “successful” blog

You may have noticed that things have been quiet on the blog for the last couple of weeks and I have not posted anything new.  I wanted to apologize to my loyal readers (Hi, Mom, Dad, and Grandma!) and let you in on the why…

I started this website because I love to write (and had not written for fun in way too long) and I love to teach and share; I wanted a place to share my passions and I have really loved this new experience.  I loved being a mom and a teacher and I loved my life, but I wanted an outlet – something that was just mine – to be able to share my heart.  This blog is the result of that longing.

However, I also did a lot of research on how to make a blog successful (i.e. attracting large numbers of visitors and making an income) and I started to feel very overwhelmed.  I spent a good amount of time trying to make sense of the world of successful blogging and the more I read, the more I felt in over my head.  I am not a business woman and I have no desire to sell anything.  In fact, I want people to buy and consume less, yet the world of “successful” (read money making) blogs is about selling products and essentially become an advertiser.  Annoying popups and flashy ads make money.  I started to feel like I needed a degree in marketing and business to be successful.  I felt like I needed to be flashy and impressive to draw in an audience and the whole thing was making me feel sick to my stomach and very uncomfortable.  I started to stress about the number of visitors on my website and likes on my Facebook page and as my anxiety grew, I realized I needed to take a step back to remember who I am and why I started a blog in the first place.amy crop

I am a teacher at heart and an encourager.  I believe in living a simple and lighter footprint life by consuming less and loving others more.  I love to eat healthy, get outside into nature, and create sugar-free recipes. I want to encourage people who find my site no matter where they are in life.

Don’t get me wrong – I don’t think there is anything wrong with monetizing a blog and working hard to increase an audience. Most of the bloggers I love are monetized and it does not bother me, but it just isn’t for me.  I may occasionally promote a product that I really, really love or become an affiliate of a company that I truly respect and admire (like Trim Healthy Mama, the one company I am affiliated with currently), but that is not why I started this blog and it is not what makes me happy.  

The second reason I have stepped back a bit at this time is I am finding it hard to get back on track after my miscarriage. Everyone told me to take time to heal and grieve and process the loss.  But, I am the type of person that wants to jump back into everything immediately – I’m fine, I’m strong, etc. – but when I tried, I just felt overwhelmed and I cried – a lot.  So I have had to take some time to quiet my soul and to allow myself space and time to heal.  I am getting there, but I am not there yet…selfie

I will get back to writing some posts soon, I promise. I have several in the works currently.  Plus, I have been listening to some great audio books recently and am feeling inspired to write some more about living simply.  I will also be writing more about our journey to live greener lives with less negative impact.  And, of course, there will be more recipes and healthy living tips.  And, hopefully, some great guest posts, as well!

This blog has only been around for three short months, but I am blessed beyond measure with the number of shares and pins my posts have gotten and the positive feedback I have received.

Thank you for reading, my friend,


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  1. Amy, I am so proud of you!!!! I look forward to reading your writing whenever you feel led to write!!! Thank you for your beautiful open heart!!! Love you!

  2. Awe Amy I am soo sorry you are sad and you take as much time as you need. Whenever you need to talk or a friend to cry with I am here for you. I love reading your blog and i love your passion about what you believe in. Lots of hugs and love coming your way my friend.

  3. Amy, your blog is honest, real and perfectly you. I can empathize with your loss, I’m neck deep in my own, and will pray that The Lord will continue to carry you through. If you need a friend, I’m here.

    • Amy

      March 31, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      Thank you, Laura, for your words of encouragement and your prayers. You and your family are always in my prayers.

  4. I totally feel where you are right now, and I appreciate your honesty soooo much! I’ve been spending so much time “marketing” and working on the technical that I can’t even do what I’ve been called to do: write.

    I think it is so important that you take time for you, to refresh your spirit and your life. Praying for you Amy!

    • Amy

      March 31, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      I know exactly where you are coming from, Dolly. But you have been doing a wonderful job marketing and developing your site – it is really growing and I am so happy for you! Thank you for your encouraging words and for your prayers! It means so much to me <3

  5. Carolyn Hodges (Mom)

    March 31, 2016 at 10:10 am

    You do a great job sharing your heart. I agree with your philosophy and encourage you to do what is right for you. We all have seasons.
    Love you, Mom

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